The Hangmen - a genuine, distinctive and entrenched Punk/Rockabilly hybrid throttling a primitive ensemble of guitar, double bass and drums to unleash (de)compositions that are laced with convincingly psychotic horror undertones. Described as an explosive live act with a track record spanning the USA, Canada and Russia via most European countries between many times over, this UK trio has straddled many ‘Psychobilly’ and ‘Punk’ circuits since the 1990s. A trail of uncharted sweaty rock dives form part of an ongoing legacy garnished with eight albums worth of original material released on a host of international independent record labels. Now back on Crazy Love Records for their ninth album release, the long awaited next dark chapter in Punk Rock n' Roll will soon be upon us.
The Cramps, The Misfits, Motorhead, Reverend Horton Heat, The Sex Pistols, Tom Waits, Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster and Screaming Jay Hawkins – comparisons and influences that collectively illustrate the difficulty in defining a band that ultimately defines itself as moody and frantic, post-punk outlaw rockers smoldering with real energy.
Accepting non-mainstream appeal with defiance then throwing away the comfort blanket of ‘scene’ agendas has earned the band a notoriety for no-nonsense independence. Willing to face new and alienated audiences alone The Hangmen have become synonymous with not running in any packs, whilst earning a cult fanbase drawn from many factions.
Becoming choice UK support to many original Punk bands including The Damned, UK Subs and The Anti-Nowhere League along with established early Psychobilly acts such as The Guana Batz, Demented Are Go and King Kurt, The Hangmen progressed into larger venue circuits with larger audiences. This was maintained through more tour supports to visiting overseas bands such as Tiger Army and The Nekromantix, and not least a personal invitation to be main headliners for The London Astorias exclusive booking of all-star US Punk band The Transplants. As a headline act The Hangmen have topped tours, gigs and festivals right across the Northern hemisphere in places great and small.
The first national headlining UK tour promoting the third album ‘Tested On Animals’ would eventually enable the band to lay claim to having played ‘both Bostons on Halloween’. The following year saw The Hangmen tour in the USA for the first time, placing the band among the first British Psychobilly acts to precede and kickstart the resurgence of todays' worldwide Psychobilly movement there. As further ambassadors The Hangmen were the only British Psychobilly band to play the legendary New York Punk venue CBGBs, and the first to tour Canada coast to coast (attracting the national music press accolade of ‘Live Pick Of The Week’). When the definitive book on the birth and history of the Psychobilly movement - Hells Bent On Rockin' by Craig Brackenridge - came along The Hangmen were heavily featured and pictured across several pages.
Right now, with fresh material continually invading the live set which will ultimately appear on the next studio album, The Hangmen are doing what they always did – re-arming themselves to shake our senses, rock our bones and deliver us all to evil.
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Countries Toured: - Austria - Belgium - Canada - Croatia - Czech - Finland - France - Germany - Hungary - Netherlands - Russia - Slovenia - Spain - United Kingdom - United States of America
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